The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, saying cases outside China have risen 13-fold. The U.S.’s top infectious-disease specialist told lawmakers the pathogen is 10 times more deadly than the seasonal flu.
Britain announced a $39 billion stimulus package, hours after the Bank of England cut interest rates. German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to do “whatever is necessary,” and the European Central Bank’s president warned of a significant shock. U.K. cases jumped 22% to 456.
New York reported 20 more cases. The state will ask businesses to consider staggering shifts and allowing employees to work from home, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Washington recommended that all large gatherings be canceled in the nationa’s capital.
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